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The Wall Street Journal
In the Hudson River Valley, a Family Legacy in Riverfront Mansions

A small group of wealthy homeowners — hotelier André Balazs and artist Brice Marden among them — have restored the estates of the Livingston clan.

The New York Times
A Summer Day With Gregory Crewdson

The photographer takes us through his daily routine in Great Barrington, Mass.

The New York Times
How Meredith Rollins Spends Her Sundays

The Redbook editor-in-chief and White Hart Inn co-owner enjoys spending family time in Litchfield County.

The New York Times
Clark Art Institute Announces New Leader

Olivier Meslay, a longtime curator at the Dallas Museum of Art and before that at the Louvre, will take over in August.

Architectural Digest
A weekend in Hudson, New York

The magazine chooses eight must-visit spots, including Wm. Farmer and Sons, Finch, 3FortySeven and Hawkins New York.

The Washington Post
The Hudson Valley Strikes a Picture-perfect Balance

Now is the perfect time to take in our region’s outstanding art, culture, history and food.

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10 Things To Love About Clinton (The Town, Not The Candidate)

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Pity any Trump supporters who might live in the town called Clinton. We're not getting political, but we do like to introduce you to places to explore in the Rural Intelligence region. And unless you live in one of the seven historic hamlets east of Rhinebeck and Hyde Park (Clinton Corners, Clinton Hollow, Frost Mills, Schultzville, Hibernia, Bulls Head and Pleasant Plains), you may not be aware of all that’s in this Dutchess County enclave. It’s rural living at its best, and our writer, Merida Welles, has lived there long enough to offer up 10 reasons why she loves it. We think you might, too.

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Dutch's Spirits Makes The Most Of Its Bootlegger Past

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Dutch’s Spirits at Harvest Homestead in Pine Plains has a little bit of everything. Though it's technically still a farm stand (for now), you can try and purchase more than 100 different liquors, all made in New York. There are fall activities and things to buy for the whole family in and around their beautiful new barn. But the spirit of the place is the property’s intriguing history as a major prohibition-era bootlegging site, the remnants of which still remain under the barn and are open to the public. RI's Jamie Larson looked at the secret spaces and distilling operation at Dutch’s. It may be a work in progress, but one which we think the original bootlegger Dutch Schultz would approve.

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Historian Peter C. Vermilyea’s illustrated lecture based on his book, Wicked Litchfield County, willl explore the lives of four 18th century residents who were accused of witchcraft. RI’s Amy Krzanik talks to the author about the seedier side of the area’s history, which includes counterfeiting, bank robberies, speakeasies and ministers gone bad.

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Haven Cafe and Bakery sent us this intriguing recipe that’s so new it’s not even on the menu yet, but it will be soon. A little bit Asian with a New England accent, it melds pulled chicken with the distinctive flavors of pumpkin, miso paste and maple syrup, all wrapped up in a steamed bun with hints of cinnamon, cardamom and allspice…a great fall dish.

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Artists were in the spotlight this weekend in North Adams. Nick Cave opened Until at MASS MoCA, where he created a stunning exhibit out of thousands of beads, tinsel, tchotchkes and chandelier pieces. Next door, at Ferrin Contemporary, Justin and Brooke Rothshank took tableware to the next level in Know Justice.

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All of these Mid-century Modern homes are airy, with high ceilings and an emphasis on natural materials such as wood, stone and glass to allow their interiors and exteriors to flow (offering great views, too). And if you think some of these designs were inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, you're correct – the LaGrangeville home was created by one of his associates.

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There are some pretty dramatic movies in theaters right now, but be sure to check out the schedule for FilmColumbia. Starting on Saturday and running through Oct. 30, it celebrates 17 years of bringing world-class independent and international movies to the community with a week featuring more than 40 screenings, after-parties, panel discussions and more.

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For more than three decades, Anne Garrels reported from some of the most dangerous places on earth as a correspondent for ABC and NPR. The award-winning journalist now makes her home in Norfolk, Conn. and she’ll be discussing her new book, Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia, at The Salisbury Forum this Friday, Oct. 21.

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Now–Oct. 30, Chatham & Hudson FilmColumbia Screenings of more than 40 films, post-screening parties, panel discussions and more.

Oct. 27, Williamstown Clark Art Clark After Hours: an evening of live music, local spirits and ghost stories in the galleries. Relax by firepits on the terrace or take a special tour of the exhibits. 7-9 p.m.

Oct. 27, Norfolk Infinity Hall Platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning Eric Johnson is returning for an evening of acoustic guitar and piano. 8 p.m.

Oct. 27 – 31, Stockbridge Naumkeag Haunted House: Get ready to run, scream and tremble with fright. There will be a comfortable outdoor space with a firepit and full bar while you wait for your party’s turn in the haunted carriage house. 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Oct. 28, Great Barrington Mahaiwe An intimate evening with celebrated violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Alessio Bax. 8 p.m.

Oct. 28, Hudson Club Helsinki Blues and folk musician Chris Smither is a profound songwriter and virtuoso guitarist with a 50-year career behind him. New York City-based singer-songwriter Milton opens. 8 p.m.

Oct. 29, Wassaic Wassaic Project Kids’ Haunted Mill from 3-5 p.m. with hay rides, a costume contest, face painting, carnival games & more. Adults’ Haunted Mill from 6-9 p.m. At 9 p.m., a Monster’s Ball at the Lantern will feature live music by Prince Rama & others.

Oct. 29, Goshen Shades of Autumn This benefit for the Litchfield Jazz Camp with feature mellow live jazz, a selection of fall beers and German-style food. Mary Stuart House Barn, 5-8 p.m.

Oct. 29, Pittsfield OZ Gala IS183 Art School has partnered with Berkshire Shenanigans for OZ! Help the organization celebrate its 25th year with dinner in private homes at 6 p.m., followed by a dance party at Shire City Sanctuary at 8 p.m.

Oct. 29, Norfolk Infinity Hall Marc Cohn is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut record. Joined by an all-star band, Marc will perform his Grammy-winning record in its entirety. 8 p.m.

Oct. 29 & 30, Hudson Stair Galleries Auction of English, Continental & American fine art, furniture & decorations, including property from the collections of Kate Webb Harris; Ruth & Roy Nutt; and the Estate of Charlton M. Theus, Jr. 11 a.m. each day.

Oct. 29 & 30, Tivoli Kaatsbaan International Dance Center New York Theatre Ballet, under the artistic direction of Diana Byer, will perform four pieces – two of them new works, and three of them performed with live music by pianist Michael Scales and violinist Chloé Kiffer.

Oct. 30, Great Barrington Mahaiwe On the heels of the sold-out Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour, Arlo Guthrie plunges into another musical trip for the Running Down The Road Tour. 7 p.m.

Nov. 1 – Nov. 13, Hudson Valley Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Nearly 200 of the region’s top restaurants offer prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95. See website for full list of participating restaurants.

Nov. 4, Williamstown Williams College Toshi Reagon brings her genre-bending music style to the new opera “Parable of the Sower,” written with her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon (founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock) and adapted from Octavia Butler’s novel of the same name. 8 p.m.

Nov. 5, NW CT HMTS Kitchen Tour The 14th annual Housatonic Musical Theatre Society Kitchen Tour will include six homes from Kent, Sharon and Lakeville. Sample delicacies from local chefs & restaurants, and win door prizes. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Nov. 5, Red Hook Red Hook & The Chocolate Festival Enjoy chocolate demos, chocolate tastings and vendors, live music, a skateboarding competition, the Chocolate Olympics, a Chocolate Wars cook-off & more. Buy a chocolate bar and search for the Golden Ticket. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Nov. 5, Lenox Live and Silent Auction This is the kick-off fundraiser for the town of Lenox’s 250th anniversary. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live music & complimentary drinks while you bid on items & services from the Berkshires. The Lenox Club, 7–10 p.m. 

Nov. 5, Pittsfield The Colonial Theatre Due to popular demand, the Last Comic Standing star Ralphie May is back for a night of relatable comedic genius on the heels of his 2015 Netflix special, Unruly. 8 p.m.

Nov. 5, Norfolk Infinity Hall Larry “Mr. 335” Carlton is one of the world’s most revered guitarists, having released many of his own albums, played on numerous best-selling albums and recorded the famous guitar solo on the Steely Dan hit “Kid Charlemagne.” 8 p.m.

Nov. 6, Washington Depot HVA Auction to Benefit the Environment The Housatonic Valley Assoc. annual auction is chaired by Christine Baranski, with Seth Meyers, Sam Waterston, Diane von Furstenberg & others. Enjoy music, edibles & cocktails. Washington Primary School, 1 p.m.

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our:
Dining Intelligence (Listings of Food and Drink Events & Restaurant Features)
Music & Dance Listings
Visual Arts Listings
Local Shopping Listings
Books Listings
Theater Listings
Local Movies Listings
Kids Calendar Listings
Save the Date Listings
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